Arsene Wenger has named the three Arsenal players that fill him with hope for the future.
The Frenchman spent over 20 years in charge of the Gunners and oversaw the developments of many players during that time.
There have been countless that name Wenger as one of the biggest influences on their careers.
But after leaving in 2018, the academy has continued to produce stars and Wenger has high hopes for the current crop.
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have become key players under Mikel Arteta this season, particularly the former.
And Gabriel Martinelli, though not strictly an academy graduate, has impressed when he has had a chance.
All three have impressed Wenger, who believes the future is bright for the Gunners.
"They [Smith Rowe and Saka] already were there when I was there a few years ago," said Wenger.
"We had always a good youth system, with good young players. It’s good to see that they come out.
"We just spoke about injuries and touch wood that these players [don’t get long-term injuries]. It’s a sensitive part between [the ages of] 20-22 once they get game after game to see if their body can adapt and cope with it.
"Lets hope. They look to me to have top quality and as well a good mentality so I am quite optimistic for them."
With senior stars departing the Emirates at a fast rate, the youngsters have had to fill the gaps quickly.
Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac all left in January.
And though they were hardly fancied options of Arteta, the four of them have valuable experience that the young players simply do not have.
Regardless, Saka and Smith Rowe appear to be first-team stars under the Arsenal coach whereas Martinelli is being eased back into the frame after recovering from a serious injury.
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